NJ Justices Avoid Tumult By OK'ing Recall Of Retired Judges

By Martin Bricketto (July 30, 2015, 8:14 PM EDT) -- New Jersey's wide use of retired judges to address vacancies can continue thanks to a state Supreme Court decision Thursday finding the law authorizing the practice is constitutional, a ruling observers say underscores the tough task of overturning statutes and prevents a quagmire of worsened case backlogs.

Writing for a 5-1 majority of the court, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner rejected a criminal defendant's challenge to the law allowing the temporary recall of judges who have reached a constitutionally mandated retirement age of 70. Justice Barry T. Albin was the lone dissenter, arguing that recall judges play an important role but run...

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